MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball team closes January and will open February on the road for Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action as they head to the University of Wisconsin Parkside Thursday night and will visit Purdue University Northwest on Saturday afternoon.
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Thursday at Parkside: 8:30 P.M.
Saturday at Purdue Northwest: 2 P.M.
| LAST TIME OUT
NMU captured a 63-59 victory over rival Michigan Technological University Saturday afternoon in their only action last week. The Wildcats faced an early deficit but closed the first half on a 27-8 run to take a lead at halftime and never trailed the rest of the game. Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) led the team with 23 points while junior Sam Taylor (Chicago, Ill.) added 13 points. Junior Myles Howard (Chicago, Ill.) grabbed 12 rebounds in the effort.
| SCORING POINTS
NMU features the top two scorers in the league. Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) paces the GLIAC with 20.8 points per game this season. He has scored over 20 points in 11 games this season and has reached 30 points three times. Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) is second in the league with 18.6 points per game. The duo is also among the top three for free throws, as Echols is averaging 5.3 makes from the line per game while Johnson scores 4.8 times at the charity stripe. In GLIAC games, Johnson is second in the league with 18.8 points and Echols has 18.0 points a night in league play for fourth.
| VALUE THE BALL
This year's squad has valued each possession as they rank fourth nationally with just 9.0 turnovers per game. The Wildcats are ranked fifth nationally in Division II with just 162 turnovers on the year. Sophomore Alec Fruin (Beloit, Wis.) is third in the GLIAC in assist/turnover ratio, posting a 3.8 so far this season.
| MAKING HIS PRESCENCE KNOWN
Howard is leading the GLIAC with 2.5 blocks per game which is nearly a full block more than anyone else in the league. That total also places him tenth in the country while his 42 total blocks put him 13th nationally. The junior center has also dominated on the boards, gathering double-figure rebounds in three of the past four games with a career-high 14 rebounds against Ferris State University.
| NMU VERSUS PARKSIDE
NMU defeated Parkside 77-67 earlier this season to give the Wildcats a 22-10 advantage in the all-time series. The Rangers are 7-1 at home this season, plush have won four of their past five games, including upsetting Ashland University while the Eagles were ranked #6.
| NMU VERSUS PNW
The Wildcats hold a 3-0 record over Purdue Northwest after the Pride joined the GLIAC last season. Earlier this season, NMU defeated PNW 108-69 and was the most points NMU has scored in a game since the 1993-94 season. The Pride enter the week on a current four-game losing streak.